Self-love seems like the new buzz word and is a popular concept lately. Well… I’m still in the process of understanding and learning new ways to love myself. I truly thought that I loved myself deeply because I bought myself stuff and went out to good places. I stood up for myself. I was brave and courageous. Little did I know that it was not equal to self-love. I was in survival mode proving to myself that I could have everything and take care of myself mainly because of my childhood insecurities and experiences.
How did I know that I needed to love myself more? Unknowingly…When I started with therapy…I realised I didn’t know, understand and accept myself, hence I couldn’t love myself.
I judged myself.
I stressed myself out when I made mistakes.
I abused alcohol and tobacco.
I didn’t trust myself.
I didn’t put myself first.
I wasn’t kind to myself.
I wasn’t compassionate to myself
I was critical of my appearance and body.
I couldn’t spend time with myself alone.
And I was harsh on myself.
I am still going through a process that to me seems ongoing. However, this is my current understanding of self-love. And there are things I add and change as I go.
Self-love is when I make myself comfortable.
Self-love is listening to my true voice.
Self- love is following my heart.
Self- love is when I soothe myself during tough times.
Self-love is paying attention to my emotions.
Self-love is giving myself space to feel.
Self-love is taking care of my body.
Self-love is breaking my patterns.
Self-love is learning from my mistakes and being kind to myself when I make them.
Self-love is being willing to forgive myself.
Self-love is letting go of resentment.
Self-love is being compassionate towards myself.
I encourage you can make a list for yourself too that is personal and meaningful.
I am still in the process of learning to love and be compassionate towards myself and my past. This process is an ongoing journey and I am willing to constantly move in the direction of love and compassion towards myself and others. I have slacked many times and I have slipped into old patterns temporarily, but I get back quicker and definitely learn through the process.
I believe that when we are truly loving and compassionate towards ourselves, we can genuinely and authentically be loving and compassionate towards others as well. Making our world a better and safer place for all of us.